Question: Do you photograph family group photographs ?I suppose this is one of the things people worry about the most when hiring a reportage photographer but there really isn’t anything to be concerned about, and of course I will be more than happy to photograph some family group pictures for you. If, like some people, you wanted no staged shots then I wouldn’t take any however most people are happy to have some. I normally do about 10 and that would take around 15 to 30 minutes. There is no particular need to write a list but, if it makes you more comfortable and you have specific ideas about the shots you want, then by all means email one through to me before the wedding so that I can re-order it as required to make the process as swift and painless as possible. I’ll do my best to accommodate requests on the day but it isn’t always possible due to time / weather constraints. If you are the kind of person who will definitely want a picture that you can’t live without then please send a list and I shall do my best to capture them all for you. What I would strongly advise against would be a list of 20+ photographs as it just takes too long and you will get very, very bored… I have included a list of the most popular photographs below – feel free to edit this as you wish. Please note that it is much easier for me if you use “bride’s parents” rather than “Bob and Sue”.
The bride and groom plus:
The bride’s parents
The groom’s parents
The bride’s parents AND the groom’s parents together
The bride’s parents plus brothers, sisters and grandparents
The groom’s parents plus brothers, sisters and grandparents
The bridesmaids and flowergirls
The best man, ushers and groomsmen
The bridesmaids AND the ushers, best man etc.
All the guests (although this is very weather dependent and you need a good vantage point at the venue)
Question: Where are you based and how far will you travel?I am based in Auchtermuchty, a lovely village in Fife. I live in the countryside but I cover weddings all over the place.
Question: Do you work alone or with another photographer ?Normally I work by myself but I understand that some couples would like the extra coverage that a second photographer can bring, particularly for larger weddings, and, if this is what you would like, then I can bring along another photographer with me on the day for a small extra charge (detailed on my current price list). I work closely with a number of other professional photographers who are, in their own right, both accomplished artists and enjoy photographing weddings just as much as I do.
Question: How long will you spend at the wedding ?I offer several levels of coverage, which the full day coverage will begin with your permission, at the preparations stage of the day a couple of hours before the ceremony and will stay until just after the 1st dance. For the basic level of coverage I will start around an hour before the ceremony and stay to capture the family and happy couple images.
Question: So, what is Reportage and is it the same as Documentary photography ?Reportage, documentary and photojournalism are all terms used to describe the same thing. In a nutshell, I will simply turn up in the morning and take photographs continuously throughout the whole day, largely in an unposed and fuss-free way as and when things happen. It is unobtrusive and captures people at their best. I am good at hunting out and capturing moments that tell the story of your wedding rather than setting up all of the photographs to look like a generic wedding. I will still take as many posed family group shots as you ask me to of course, but that won’t be the focus of the day. I hope that the photographs on my blog will give you a good idea of my style of photography.
Question: Do I expect a meal at your wedding ?Absolutely not, I charge enough and I am sure I can afford to bring my own sandwiches. However, I do sometimes get the chance of a meal (although rarely with the other guests, which is fine by me) and I am always extremely grateful for it. It’s always a nice surprise to get a wee something on the day.
Question: How do we book you ?Before booking you might like to arrange a meeting at your venue, or local coffee shop or have a chat over the phone or perhaps, if I have been recommended to you, you aren’t bothered and just want to book anyway. A lot of my clients are in different locations and I simply can’t meet them all either. It is useful, but not essential. When it gets to the point in time that you want to proceed with a booking I will give you a booking form and you basically fill it out and pay a £50 deposit to secure the date. You don’t even have to tell me which package you want if you can’t decide at that time, you only need to reserve the date and everything else can be worked out later